Scottish charity the Life Changes Trust has doubled its national investment in communities that are dementia friendly, with a second wave of funding to the sum of £2.5 million. This brings their total investment to £5 million in the last three years.
Communities that are inclusive and dementia friendly play a crucial role in ensuring that people with dementia, carers and family members are supported after a diagnosis of dementia.
These communities provide a structure and culture that make it possible for people affected by dementia to do things that matter to them, remain integrated and active in their own communities and participate in decisions that affect their day-to-day lives.
In 2015, the Life Changes Trust initially funded 12 dementia friendly communities over three years. These have developed and grown, creating among them a further 82 new communities. To date, more than 3,400 people with dementia and 2,000 carers have directly benefited from being part of a dementia friendly community.
This new investment of £2.5million will support 14 new communities, as well as providing some longer term support for previously funded communities.
Scotland is leading the way in understanding how communities that are dementia friendly work best.
As well as providing information, support and opportunities, they draw on the abilities that people with dementia still have so they can contribute to their communities. They currently involve people with dementia aged from 39 to 104.